UK reverses plan to open up travel to France due to variant

In this handout photo provided by UK Parliament, Britain’s Health Secretary Sajid Javid updates MPs on the governments coronavirus plans, in the House of Commons, London, Monday, July 12, 2021. Britain’s health secretary has confirmed that all remaining lockdown restrictions in England will be lifted in a week despite a sharp rise in coronavirus cases. (Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament via AP)

LONDON — The British government threw the holiday plans of tens of thousands of people into disarray Friday night when it reversed plans to open up travel from France because of concerns about a COVID-19 variant circulating in the country.